Caring for Your Pet’s Food

July 5, 2013

Your pet’s health depends on you taking good care of his food.  Pet food that is exposed to air will begin to deteriorate immediately.  Sunlight is equally bad for it.  Choose your storage place carefully.

Experts say that it is best to store unopened dry pet food in its original bag, because these bags are carefully designed to keep the contents fresh.  Fold the open top of the bag tightly closed and then store the entire bag inside a sealed plastic or glass container.  Store the container in a cool, dry location.  Along with keeping the food fresh, this method will also keep bugs out.

If the food smells funny or the dog won’t eat it, take it back.   Reputable dog food manufacturers will stand behind their products.  Bins on wheels are great for storage of dry dog food because they keep the bags off the floor.  An opened can of food can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or can be frozen in single serve portions.

The Food & Drug Administration also offers similar tips on caring for pet food.  Be sure to check the package or can for any signs of damage to the packaging or dents in the cans.

The FDA does not believe raw meat foods for animals are consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks, particularly when these products are brought into the home or used to feed domestic pets.

The length of time you can safely use pet food defends on several factors.  With dry food, it depends on the preservatives used in the food and how well it is stored after opening.  Follow the “best by” dates on the package.

Once a bag of dry food is opened, it’s best to use it up within a month for optimum freshness.  If you cannot store the entire bag of food in a sealed container after it is opened, use some freezer bags of the appropriate size to store single meal servings and freeze those for future use.

Canned food has a longer shelf life than dry.  It will retain its nutritional value for several years from the date it was manufactured.  Again, follow the date on the can for safety.

These are suggestions that will help protect your pet’s food and keep her healthy.


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